June 23, 2018
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Mass. man arrested for baseball bat assault in Orono; three others remain at large

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — A Massachusetts man is facing assault charges after a man was beaten with a baseball bat Saturday night, and police are still searching for three alleged accomplices.

Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing said Monday that Officer Jason Zalva was flagged down just after 11 p.m. by a witness who said a man was attacked out in a parking lot across the street from Pat’s Pizza.

When police arrived, they found a male subject lying on the ground with his face bruised and bleeding, according to Ewing.

The witness told police that four men were kicking and punching the victim, while one of them, later identified as Christopher Duffey, 22, of Scituate, Mass., had struck the victim with a baseball bat.

Ewing said the witness had pulled Duffey and the other attackers off the victim, and when Zalva determined that Duffey had attacked the man with the bat, he was arrested and charged with elevated aggravated assault, which constitutes a Class A crime because of the victim’s injuries.

The other three suspects remain at large, Ewing said.

“We are continuing to try to determine where the other three suspects are,” he said.

Ewing said later Monday afternoon that no other suspects had been captured.

The victim was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment of serious facial injuries, including a broken cheekbone, Ewing said, and later released.

Duffey was taken to the Penobscot County Jail, where he remained Monday. He faces up to 40 years behind bars if convicted of the Class A offense.

Police describe the other three suspects as white males with athletic builds who were wearing green Boston Celtics jerseys at the time of the incident, Ewing said. Anyone with information regarding the assault should call Orono police at 866-4000 and ask for Zalva or Detective Derek Dinsmore.

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